Abdominal (lateral view)

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Matt A. Morgan et al.

The lateral view abdominal radiograph is a useful problem-solving view that can complement frontal views of the abdomen. It is different than the lateral decubitus view of the abdomen and looks more like a lateral lumbar spine view.

  • the patient may be either erect or recumbent, with her or his side against the detector
  • legs may be flexed for balance
  • arms raised
  • lower bound of the field of view should contain the inferior pubic ramus
  • the beam is directed laterally, at the level of the iliac crests
  • source-to-image distance: 40" (100 cm)
  • ~75 kVp at 40-100 mAs (or AEC)
  • grid may be used
  • does not offer as much information about bowel gas as a frontal view
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